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Business Observer Wednesday, May 30, 2012 7 years ago

Tampa General chief retires

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Ron Hytoff announces he will step down by June 2013.

TAMPA — Ron Hytoff, 66, the president and chief executive officer of Tampa General Hospital (TGH) announced his retirement Tuesday.

The hospital will begin a nationwide search for a new CEO immediately, David A. Straz Jr., chairman of the Florida Health Sciences Center, says in a news release. Straz say internal candidates will be considered.

Hytoff will remain as president and CEO during the transition, a release explains, and he expects to step down by June 2013 at the latest.

In May 1997, Hytoff started at TGH as chief operating officer. The hospital was making the transition from a public to a private, nonprofit hospital, which it completed in October 1997.

He took over as CEO in February 2000, and between 2000 and 2012 the hospital doubled its patient volume. Net revenues more than tripled from $350 million to $1.2 billion this year.

Hytoff also led the hospital through several expansions. In 2007, the Bayshore Pavilion opened a new emergency and trauma center, cardiovascular services, a new women's center, and an intensive care unit and digestive diagnostic and treatment center. In 2011, the hospital completed the expansion and construction of an 82-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Hytoff also led the hospital and its off-site clinics through a $100 million transition to electronic medical records in October.

In a move that has received national recognition, this year the hospital's transplant program became the fourth busiest in the country. Click here to read a recent Business Review article about the program.

“Ron lifted TGH from the precipice of collapse and transformed it into the jewel it is today,” Straz says in a news release. “The turnaround Ron engineered has been just remarkable and he will leave her with a legacy that likely will never be paralleled.”

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